A Lee County student is in trouble at school after making three false reports to a suicide prevention hotline for veterans — all because he was bored in class.
The student, who hasn’t been identified, attends Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral and used his cellphone to log into the Veterans Crisis Line.
The student first logged into the hotline Oct. 18, when he reported that he “had a gun and was going to kill themselves,” a report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office states.
A district IT staff member, who was contacted by the hotline, was able to track the phone, a Samsung Galaxy S8, to one of three classrooms on campus.
The onsite deputy for the school alerted the teachers so they could be aware of the situation.
The same cellphone contacted the hotline again on Monday, roughly an hour into the school day. This time the student falsely reported that they had “cut their wrist and were bleeding out” at a McDonald’s in Seattle.
The hotline reached out to local law enforcement, who checked out the restaurant but couldn’t find anyone in trouble.
About five hours later, another report was made from the phone — this time alleging they had been hit by a bus in Atlanta. Again, law enforcement was called to the scene, but nobody injured could be found.
On Tuesday, the district’s IT department was able to locate the cellphone on campus, leading the school resource officer directly to the student.
In speaking to the teen, the deputy found out that the student “has been bored in class lately and logged onto the veterans hotline to get attention,” the report states.
Charges were not filed against the student because the LCSO could not determine if a Florida law was violated. Also, he did not meet the requirements for a involuntary mental screening under the Baker Act.
While the school said it would discipline the student, the district could not confirm how or what part of the student code of conduct was violated.